Melissa Bell (journalist)

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Melissa Bell
Melissa Bell, Vox Media, September 2018.jpg
Born1978/1979 (age 41–42)[1]
Alma mater
EmployerVox Media

Melissa Bell is an American journalist and technologist. She helped launch the Indian business newspaper Mint, and held several positions at The Washington Post, starting in 2010. She and Ezra Klein left the newspaper to co-found the news and opinion website Vox with Matthew Yglesias in 2014. Bell was named vice president of growth and analytics for Vox Media in 2015, and has served as the company's publisher since 2016.


Bell attended Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., and planned to attend law school. She was working as a legal assistant at a New York law firm when the September 11 attacks occurred.[1] She left New York a year later and took a variety of jobs, including as a bartender in Vail, Colorado, and a waitress at a race track. Encouraged by her mother, she enrolled at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and interned at India's Hindustan Times.[1][2] She graduated with a master's degree in 2006.[2][3]


During her time in India, Bell met Raju Narisetti, who hired her to help launch the Delhi-based daily business newspaper Mint.[1][2] She wrote for and edited the paper's weekend lifestyle magazine.[4] Bell joined The Washington Post in 2010,[1][4] where she worked as a blogger and reporter. She wrote a column for the style section and about online culture, and in 2012 was promoted to lead the paper's blog strategy.[4]

While serving as director of platforms for The Washington Post, she and Ezra Klein left to co-found the website Vox with Matt Yglesias in early 2014.[5] She served as executive editor and senior product manager for the new website.[4][6] In this role, she led the development of the site and managed teams focused on analytics, graphics, and the news app.[1][7] Bell was appointed vice president of growth and analytics for Vox Media in 2015. She worked on audience and new product development, and established best practices for all of Vox Media's sites (Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Racked, Recode, SB Nation, The Verge, and Vox).[1][5] Bell was named publisher of Vox Media in mid 2016,[8] with responsibilities for audience and brand development.[9]


Bell appeared in Columbia Journalism Review's 2014 list of "16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits".[10] In 2015, she was included in Marie Claire's "New Guard" list of the "most connected women in America",[11] and was named one of the "most powerful women in Washington" by the Washingtonian.[12] Bell appeared in Folio's 2016 "Director-Level Doers" list, recognizing the 100 "most forward-thinking and innovative leaders in magazine media".[13] In 2017, she was included in Digiday's 2017 "changemakers" list of fifty people "making media and marketing more modern",[14] as well as the Washingtonian's "40 Under 40" list.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Moses, Lucia (July 6, 2015). "The rapid rise of Vox Media's Melissa Bell: An explainer". Digiday. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Robinson, Simon (October 31, 2006). "Five Pounds of Cosmo". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. OCLC 1311479. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Our Alumni". Medill School of Journalism (Northwestern University). Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Cardew, Ben (April 13, 2014). "'s Melissa Bell: 'This is a chance to do journalism differently'". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Barr, Jeremy (May 19, 2015). "Vox Media expands Melissa Bell's role". Politico. Capitol News Company. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Macnicol, Glynnis (August 28, 2014). "How Melissa Bell Launched a Revolutionary News Site". Elle. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Moses, Lucia (September 9, 2016). "Two years in, reconsiders its 'card stacks'". Digiday. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  8. ^ O'Shea, Chris (July 28, 2016). "Melissa Bell Named Publisher of Vox Media". Adweek. Beringer Capital. ISSN 0199-2864. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Ember, Sydney (July 28, 2016). "Vox Media Fills Long-Vacant Publisher's Job". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Friedman, Ann (April 14, 2014). "16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits". Columbia Journalism Review. Columbia University. ISSN 0010-194X. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "The New Guard". Marie Claire. November 1, 2014. ISSN 0025-3049. Archived from the original on April 12, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Milk, Leslie (November 12, 2015). "The Most Powerful Women in Washington". Washingtonian. ISSN 0043-0897.
  13. ^ "The 2016 Folio: 100 — Director-Level Doers". Folio. November 3, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "Digiday Changemakers: Media". Digiday. May 30, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Washingtonian's 40 Under 40". Washingtonian. April 5, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2018.

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